Northwest Nazarene University head volleyball coach Jared Sliger doesn't mind putting the ball in the hands of a freshman, especially one with the talent of Ripon Christian setter Michelle Terpstra.
If the close ones counted, Sierra High would be on its way to the semifinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV boys soccer playoffs.
That East Union High made its first Sac-Joaquin Section playoff appearance since the winter of 1993 was enough for co-head coach Allan Green to call the 2010 season a success Tuesday.
It was the first hurdle on a path towards its fourth consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Volleyball title, and Ripon Christian had no problem clearing it in a 3-0 win over Sacramento Country Day Tuesday during first-round action.
The Sierra High cross country program continued to impress during the 2010 season, putting together a flawless showing at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III Cross Country Sub-Section Meet, to move on to the upcoming Section Meet Saturday.
There are two unbeaten teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV boys soccer playoffs, and one that has lost just once.
A tremendous season came to a screeching halt for the final three remaining Area tennis players, as Sierra High's Vannida Nguyen and doubles team Stephanie Vanni and Maryann Baker were eliminated from the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II Individual Tennis Tournament Thursday in Rocklin.
Both Ripon and Ripon Christian will open the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs as their respective division's No. 1 seeds.
RIPON - With the outright championship of the Southern League already in hand, Ripon Christian had one more thing to cross off its list.
Ann McFerran was intentionally kept out of the loop.
The Sonora Wildcats brought their undefeated Valley Oak League record into the Dalben Center and got pushed to the brink in Game 1, but a short-staffed East Union club would come no closer to an upset, falling 3-0 Thursday in front of the home fan
LATHROP - No playoff berth, no problem.
It did not take long for the Ripon Christian volleyball program to make its mark in its new Southern League home, winning the championship outright with a 3-0 sweep of Gustine Thursday for its first title in over a decade.
Ripon High knew that to find a seat in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs it would need a glorious finish to the Trans Valley League season.
A one-goal loss Monday eliminated the Manteca Buffaloes from the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoff picture, but that did not stop the Buffaloes from crashing East Union High's Valley Oak League championship hopes, stopping the Lancers 5-3 to close out the 2010 regular season.
Matt Rose plowed through a rough afternoon on the greens, earning medalist honors as Sierra pushed past Weston Ranch.
TRACY - The opening minutes looked promising for goalie Callia Morales-Linnell and the Lathrop girls soccer team.
Maliah Watson from East Union won the girls discus and finished second in the shot put Saturday in the Delta Mustang Invitational at the Merv Smith Track Complex on Stockton.
The Lathrop High varsity boys and girls track teams each improved to 2-1 in the Valley Oak League after impressive showings in a double dual meet at Weston Ranch on Thursday.
It was on this same field last season that the Manteca High baseball team celebrated one of its greatest moments.
The final outcome was the same, but the rematch was more decisive.
East Union held on to beat visiting Kimball for its first Valley Oak League win of the season Thursday at Agostini Field.
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Sisters Kindra and Maddi Hackbarth put on a hitting clinic Wednesday at Oakdale, helping the host Mustangs blast Sierra 11-4 in a duel of Valley Oak League contenders.
It turns out there will be some drama in the Trans-Valley League after all.
The Sierra High Timberwolves won't much time to enjoy their 7-6 win at Manteca on Wednesday.
The Valley Oak League schedule makers didn't waste any time putting the lions in the ring with one another last fall.
David Hager called sophomore Jason Medina "the big offensive hero" in visiting Weston Ranch's 7-3 upset of Central Catholic on Wednesday.
Little needs to be said between Leah Manuleleua and Lejla Pepic on the pitch.
The last time East Union faced Oakdale they tussled to a 1-1 draw.